by Bob Roberts Jr.
Last week was a truly incredible week as NorthWood Church hosted top diplomatic leaders from Vietnam. Universities, business leaders, civic leaders – all were shocked when I as a Pastor showed up with our delegation. I had set the meetings up in advance but it’s still hard for some to fathom a relationship between a pastor, a church, and a Vietnamese Communist. Jesus likes it. 2015 will be twenty years of normalization between Vietnam and the US, and they want to celebrate it and move the ball forward in their relationship with the US. I’ve been asked as a pastor to bring pastors from the US and there will be, in addition, a conference on faith and society with the government. Vietnam taught NorthWood Church in ways nothing else ever could. I had studied “missions” but knew little of globalization, domains, city management, public works, or anything else people in the public square have to deal with on a daily basis. My view of the world was seen only through tribal religious eyes, prior to this, and not global, comprehensive, relational, geopolitical eyes. It should not have been like that. The Kingdom is much bigger than “religious” work. When we get the Kingdom of God, all work is for the love and glory of God and the love of humanity. Read more